Diabetes Awareness

At Clare Dental we are committed to a professional and experience approach in maintaining good oral health for our patients with diabetes.

Here are some of the reasons why it is important to maintain regular visits if you have diabetes:

-Having diabetes places you at a greater risk of gum disease.

-Gum disease often goes undetected so it is crucial that you understand the signs and come in if you see any of the following:

-Red or swollen gums

-Bleeding when brushing or flossing

-Bad Breath

Below are several ways that you can help prevent gum disease:

-Brush your teeth twice a day

-Floss or use interdental brushes to clean between your teeth daily

-If you have dentures remove and clean then each night before you got to sleep

-Regular Dental visits

-Do not smoke

Please call us to schedule your  thorough dental  examination.

Specialist Orthodontist

On the 9th of September we welcomed

Dr Andrew Tindall, specialist orthodontist to our rooms with assistant Wendy.

He will be consulting once a month on a Tuesday.

Mouthguard Awarness

Have you got your mouthguard for the sport season?

Professionally made mouth guards are highly recommended for athletes who play contact sports.

Mouth guards should be worn during training as well as during games.

They are available in a wide range of shades, including multi colours to suit your team.

All that is required is a short appointment to take some impressions.

So why not give us a call and ensure that you are doing everything you can to protect your teeth while playing sport!

Welcome Sophie

The Team at Clare Dental warmly welcomes Sophie Hogarth to our Practice.

 She is our locum Oral Health Therapist whilst Michelle Hogg is on maternity leave.

Sophie also works part time on Norwood Parade.

Congratulations!!

                                                                                    

Congratulations to Michelle, Kent & Lucy

 On the safe arrival of  Xavier James Willoughby

7lb 11/2 oz

49cm long

Thursday 8th May

All doing very well

Staff Changes

 We have new faces at Clare Dental this year. Dr Susan Clift joins us and has already embraced the local community through Rotary and Netball with BSR.

Mikaela Aldenhoven returns as an Oral Health Therapist completing her Bachelor of Oral Health as Dux of the course. Congratulations Mikaela.

Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)

This government scheme is up and running providing care for eligible children up to 18 years. We are bulk billing,  therefore no gap payment. For children not eligible for the CDBS, as we have always done we continue to offer 25% discount of the full adult fee.

Child Dental Benefit Schedule

Healthy snack ideas

 

To help maintain healthy teeth we recommend that the frequency of sweet sugary foods are restricted.Healthy snack ideas:
*Wholegrain cereals

*Wholemeal crackers with avocado, vegemite, cheese or hommus

*Cheese, tomato or vegemite wholemeal sandwichs

*English muffin with tomato or cheese

* Flat bread with cheese and salad

*Salt reduced Baked Beans or spagetti on toast

*Pieces of fresh fruit. Fruit consumption should be restricted to 2 serves a day due to high fruit sugar content.

*Pieces of fresh vegetables such as cucumber strips, cherry tomatoes, corn on the cob.

*Cheese cubes or slices

* Hard boiled eggs

 

Water should be the main drink for children over the age of 1. It is important for your child to be hydrated to maintain a healthy body and a healthy saliva flow.
 

 

Tooth-wear: Erosion

Erosion is tooth-wear caused by chemical dissolution of tooth structure. Risk factors for dental erosion include:

  • Acidic diets (soft drinks, cordial, fruit juice, sports /energy drinks, vinegar, citrus fruits, tomatoes, some alcohols)
  • Reflux (GORD)
  • Vomiting
  • Exposure to acids at a work environment

You are also at higher risk if you:

  • have had previous tooth wear such as tooth brush abrasion or attrition/grinding of teeth
  • if you have a dry mouth from smoking or medications/ medical conditions

Ways to manage erosion:

  • Identify what is causing the erosion first
  • Limit the number of acidic beverages or have it with a meal (not sipping it constantly throughout the day)
  • Rinse with water after an acid attack
  • Drink acidic drinks through a straw
  • Refrain from brushing your teeth fir at least 1 hour after exposure to acid
  • Increase salivary flow (chewing sugar free gum, salivary stimulants/substitutes)
  • Increase daily fluoride exposure (spit your toothpaste out but don’t rinse it off your teeth, drink plenty of tap water)
  • Seek medical attention to get any reflux  conditions or eating disorders under control
  • Speak to one of our friendly dental practitioners today for more tips and tricks!